As the adventure begins the crew converges on the gates of the city of Vanguard. Lucastor Cookseius, Arianna, Belial, and Fiora have all at some point joined a caravan led by a Human noble men and his guard. His guard, dressed in black chainmale with white sashes, all back off when they see the road ahead of them blocked by a gang of orc raiders who have attacked and killed some merchants. As this is happening, Braggen Boatcrasher(preferring to take the woods other than the road) comes upon the scene. The crew of random adventurers comes together and defends the lord, killing the ruthless orcs. The lord thanks them and asks that they visit him if they are ever in the eastern provinces, however being somewhat absent minded forgets to mention his name or where to reach him.
Night falls and the crew all take rooms at the Horney Unicorn tavern and inn where the lord had bought them all a round before he left. Called there by a shifty goblin who tells them his master seeks their unique abilities for a job, they wait for him to arrive. The tiefling Sorcerer Belial is drunk and plays cards with a group of goblins and halfing. Braggen Boatcrasher the half-orc Barbarian drinks at the bar, befriending the half-dwarf bartender who owns the establishment. Lucastor the human gladiator also drinks at the bar, though keeps watch on the other within, not yet trusting anyone. Arianna the reserved and eccentric eladrin Cleric of the Raven Queen sits in the back smoking rolled tobacco and observing the rest of the tavern. Fiora, a deva Invoker of the sun god Pelor flirts with various men and woman around the bar. They shortly all see a pale man in a white cowboy hat with the traditional clothing of a horse wrangler sitting with his feet up on a large table, he gestures for the other to come over. Lucastor shows that he will be at the bidding of no man by staying put until the man’s goblin servant comes and gets him.
The man, hereafter called white hat, want them for a job to kill the hobgoblin head of a goblin clan. He claims that the clan has been attacking merchants going twords the eastern provinces. After some questioning he reveals that he does have some personal stake in it and that he is more than he appears to be. The crew takes this to mean he is a crime lord and it certainly appears that way. They all agree to take the job(after some haggling) and go to sleep.
That night they have nightmares of their deaths, a vision of a succubus, undead goblins, clockwork people, and a single word…
The next day they awake and are guided by the goblin servant named splurg to the abandoned mine where the clan lives. They enter the mine and quickly kill a group of goblins who appear to be guards. They than descend into the mine shaft.
They reach the bottom of the mine shaft, it is pitch black. The path forward has collapsed but there is a door set into the a stone wall. On the other side of the door is are 4 pikes with bodies impaled upon them. Observing the room Arianna sees a trap set into the ground. Lucastor and Boatcrasher remove the pikes and the group moves around it. However arianna notices something else, a secret door. They move through and find a statue of the Grand Devil Asmodeus, Lord of the Nine Hells. A pool of blood forms under his stature, secreted by wounds all over the statues body. The crew decides to move on to the next room and come back for the statue.
When they enter the next room they here groaning and shuffling but upon inspection the room is filled with only dead goblin bodies. Before they can investigate what happened the bodies begin to rise one after another. Using magic and their combat abilities the zombies are destroyed.
Lucastor tears of the jaw of one of the goblins and compares it to the wounds on the others after arianna recognizes them as bite marks. Braggen takes a closer look and realizes the wounds were made by some kind of demon. They move through the rest of the goblin clan base, finding only a magic flask of endless ale and more undead goblins. As they reach the final room they find something even more unnerving, their hobgoblin quarry, tortured and killed with a trident in his chest.
Suddenly out of the shadows comes a large muscular demon, blood red from lack of skin. he is surrounded by more undead goblins. A fight ensues and the heroes are able to over come the demon, Boatcrasher taking a trophy of a tooth for his collection.
On the return home they stop for the night to rest, after building camp and falling to sleep arianna, who is meditating, notices strange spiders who quickly jump into the camp and attack. The spiders are destroyed, though barely.
When the crew finally gets back to Vanguard they find that the guards at the front gate have been hung by some magical blue noose. It hangs still in the air, tied to nothing. They enter the town and find that everywhere they go, everyone has suffered the same fate as the guards. Men, Women, Children, all hung from the same rope.
As they get to town they see soldiers who appear to have just arrived, they stand next to a woman who is sobbing into her frock.
As they get closer the woman looks up at them, her face turns white with fear
“IT’S THEM, THEY DID THIS TO US!”